In retrospect, McManus had no explanation for the rampage that would claim five lives in March of 1953. It was a simple lark, a way to kill some time while killing strangers, and the 18-year-old Marine from Long Island displayed no remorse for his crimes. If he was sorry, it would be for getting caught. The weekend murder spree began March 27, when McManus drove into Rochester, New York, with his girlfriend, 16-year-old Diane Weggland, of Summerville, New York. To McManus, she was the girl "I consider my wife," innocent of complicity in the bloodshed to come, and authorities would accept his assessment, leaving Fred to take the rap alone. In Rochester, McManus kidnapped 19-year-old William Braverman, a college student, and shot him to death on a road south of town, leaving his corpse in a ditch, loosely covered with dirt. Rolling into Keeneyville, Illinois, on March 28, he bungled the robbery of a local market, gunning down owners George and Florence Bloomberg in the process. A day later, in Dubuque, Iowa, McManus robbed another couple of eight dollars, sparing their lives as he fled from the scene in their car. Stopping at Spring Valley, Minnesota, on March 30, he held up a restaurant, killing waitress Harriet Horseman and 43-year-old Agnes Beaston, the owner's wife. Doubling back toward Dubuque, the young lovers were stopped by police outside town, on March 31. McManus waived extradition to New York, where he confessed to the Braverman murder on April 6. By August, his original guilty plea had been altered to one of not guilty by reason of insanity , but jurors saw through the ruse, and McManus was convicted on September 24, sentenced to life imprisonment two days later.